There ain't no stopping me
|Ron Wood & Keith Richards (January 2019): The current state of the Stones' album-in-progress|
Ron: It's gradually moving forward... The thing is the songs are taking their own shape. We're trying to get the Jagger/Richards thing to flow normally again (laughs). And so whatever they're doing, let them resume and we'll carry on. Me and Charlie will get our call-up papers and say OK we're ready, let's go and cut the songs.
Keith: Sometimes it’s not as much writing as listening to what’s been written and figuring it out, and honing and all kinds of stuff... (laughs) It’s very boring. It’s like a carpentry shop.
|Keith Richards & Ron Wood (January 17-19, 2019): The Stones going back into the studio|
Keith: At the moment the Stones are going into the studio next week and so I'm preparing for that, for a few days, to see what we've got. 'Cause we've been working away for - over the year Mick and I have been together several times. And a big sound that we've put together, quite an accumulation of stuff, so we're going to take it in the studio with the best of the boys and see what happens.
Ron: We're getting ready for recording in L.A. in about a week's time, and then getting ready to tour.
|Keith Richards (January 2019): Another tour|
I mean, hey, how bad can it be? You get up there and do what you love to do, and fortunately so do millions of others. It’s not something to turn your nose up at, you know. And it’s what I do. It’s the way the band feels. You can only do this if everybody is absolutely on. And the fact that they all are is an incredible tribute to the lads. They just want to do it.
|Mick Jagger (February 27, 2019): Porte Rouge|
Melanie had the idea to do the ballet and she’s choreographing it and she chose the songs to be honest. We discussed a few alternatives – but she really chose them. Part of my job is to make sure that they all run together smoothly, do the links and the edits so they work together. So they flow nicely and the highs and lows go together and the keys work going from one song to the next–that sort of thing. (…) We added bits of sound effects for the ballet but I mean it’s all music that’s already quite well-known songs.
|Keith Richards (March 2019): Album progress, Charlie and Mick|
We’re working on the album. We’ve got the first bits done and I’m looking forward to getting back in after this tour. Charlie Watts is playing his arse off!... He’s absolutely amazing. It’s indescribable to find a drummer like Charlie Watts, exceptionally brilliant.
I can never praise Charlie enough and I can praise Mick Jagger 99 per cent of the time. Mick knows what I mean and he’ll say the same about me. Things happen between Mick and me because it’s just two guys working together. You only hear about the odd bust-up. I love the man 99 per cent of the time.
|Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Ron Wood (March 30, 2019): Postponing the tour|
Mick: I’m so sorry to all our fans in America & Canada with tickets. I really hate letting you down like this.
I’m devastated for having to postpone the tour but I will be working very hard to be back on stage as soon as I can. Once again, huge apologies to everyone.
Keith: A big disappointment for everyone but things need to be taken care of and we will see you soon. Mick, we are always there for you!
Ron: We’ll miss you over the next few weeks, but we’re looking forward to seeing you all again very soon. Here’s to Mick - thanks for your supportive messages it means so much to us.
|Ron Wood (Late April 2019): Cheering Mick up|
Sally and I went on a break to the Caribbean with Keith and Patti and sent him videos of us playing and singing get well songs on the guitar. That cracked him up. We're all so pleased that he’s doing well.
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